While the season is less than a week away from being over for the Pelicans, Anthony Davis and Eric Gordon’s year’s are officially done as of today. The team announced that both players will miss the final four games of a season in which we’ve seen Jrue Holiday, Ryan Anderson & Jason Smith all suffer season ending injuries.
Gordon has missed the last 10 games with a left knee injury and will have surgery next week. He played in 64 games this season, which matches his career high for a season and averaged 15 points with 3 assists and 3 rebounds per game. Since coming to New Orleans, Gordon’s points per game have gone down every year, and his max contract deal still has 2 more years remaining on it, unless, of course he decides to opt out in his final year.
On the other hand, Davis wowed spectators in his sophomore season, and has many analysts that cover the game believing that he is the heir to King James’ throne as the best player in the NBA. Last week, back spasms started to hamper his play, and the team has now ultimately decided to shut ‘er down with nothing to play for the rest of the way. Davis was examined by team physicians who made the determination that the injury will require 1-2 weeks of rest and rehabilitation.
AD may very well win the most improved player award this season as we saw his numbers jump dramatically from year one to year two. Davis averaged 21 points with 10 rebounds and 3 blocks per game this year. He carried the team the entire season as the ballclub dealt with a slew of injuries and thrived as a leader despite just turning 21 years old in March.
The Pelicans are doing the right thing by protecting their future. I know any fans that have tickets to the final 2 home games may disagree, but it just makes sense to rest your biggest asset when there is absolutely nothing to gain. Let’s hope all the injury gris-gris surrounding this ballclub has run its course and doesn’t make a return next season. With a healthy core-4 of Davis, Holiday, Anderson and Tyreke Evans all healthy, this team should be a lock for the playoffs and then eventually with a few more pieces… a legitimate title contender.